“O happy living things! no tongue
Their beauty might declare:
A spring of love gushed from my heart,
And I blessed them unaware . . . ”
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge

More often than not, the genesis of an idea for a collage miniature derives from the ingredient material itself, whether magazine cutting, ruined-book plate, or environmental found fragment. At other times, random visual stimuli cry out to be interpreted more traditionally as representational compositions. I can be influenced in this vein by images of “primitive” objects or folk art. Less often, conventional nature photography will trigger the pictorial urge. Creatures, faces, and figures hold a particular appeal for me. These types of small works have frequently taken the form of cards or gifts, but my current intention is to make more of these spontaneous creations available in the future to collectors.

Surfacing by J A Dixon

collage miniature by J A Dixon
4.5 x 3.5 inches, not for sale

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